Photos: Paula Alvarado for TreeHugger.
But what's surprising about this sustainable home created by Argentine design firm Gruba for this year's Casa FOA architecture and interior design event is that, thanks to clever planning and details, it doesn't feel like a small space at all.With only 450 sq. feet, the space boasts a full living room and dinning area, kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area, storage space and even a small container herbs farm.
The space is organized by a wooden volume that separates the public and private areas and holds the kitchen and bathroom. It was built with discarded wood recovered from factory scraps.
Behind it, another wooden structure holds storage space and two elevated areas, one for the small farm and the other one for sleeping.
In this structure, water from the kitchen and the bathroom sink is filtered and used to flush the toilet.
Inside of the bathroom, walls are covered with plaques made with recycled bottle caps.
The thick mat is an interesting proposition to replace a proper mattress, making the area lighter to the eye and also allowing it to be cleared if a party or event demands the use of the whole space.
It's made by Artesano de sueños with natural materials. Organic cotton pillows are filled with seeds.
Occupying more than half the floor area, the living room is what makes the apartment feel big. It has a large table that easily sits ten people and is also a comfortable working space, a lounge area for entertainment, and a modular cardboard shelving space.
Furniture was designed by the studio as well and is no screw no glue, easy to disassemble. It's produced with wood from responsible sources. Stools at the table are covered with tennis balls that courts discard when they are no longer good for matches because they loose pressure.
All lights are LEDs and the whole electrical consumption of the house is only 500 watts.
Casa FOA is an annual design event to gather funds for a local ophthalmologic foundation.
This year it's hosted at the recently opened Metropolitan Design Center, which is located at a 1930s recycled fish market.
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